Monthly Archives: December 2011

A New Year

And with a sweet breath of fresh air, winter breeze blows night into a new year full of hope and promise. Behold the small, tiny moments. Remember to love {and forgive}. Seek Grace. Embrace truth. Offer a hand. Work hard {play hard}. Be bold. Live a good life. *Happy New Year* * What are your […]

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Cate - December 31, 2011 - 6:06 am

Happy New Year to you and yours too my lovely friend xx

Susan - December 31, 2011 - 10:27 pm

So pretty! I especially love your third shot and the pretty frost covered insulator on the fence post. Hope you have a wonderful New Year!

cathy - January 1, 2012 - 7:26 pm

great shots, patty. love your watermark, too! happy new year :) xoxo

Christmas Afternoon

Hope your day was delightfully peaceful. * sweet shot tuesday 52 weeks of happiness communal global kodachrome monday moments

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teachinfourth - December 28, 2011 - 3:49 am

Wow, it sure looks like everyone was having a peaceful day in your house! That top image is very nice…the coloring is fantastic.

Southern Gal - December 28, 2011 - 11:54 am

Zonked out after all the food or fun? Or both? Love the look of those photos.

Amy Sullivan - December 30, 2011 - 3:19 am

Exactly, exactly what Christmas afternoon should look like. Happy New Year, friend. I always enjoy my visits here.

Suzanne - January 1, 2012 - 6:50 pm

Patty, this is
And I had to
smile, because
this same scene
played out at
my home at
various times
over the Christmas
break! Thank you
for lending your
voice to Monday
Moments in 2011.
I just love your
words and photos
and consider it a
gift to call you one
of my blogging friends.
Sending you many
blessings for a 2012
that is joy-FULL.


Going Home » Finding Serendipity - January 24, 2012 - 11:35 am

[…] us together in times of trials and tribulations, and made us who we are. I shared with you photos of my family napping Christmas afternoon… Actually, those shots were taken in the very early afternoon. After […]

{1} The Gift of Love

I imagined that on this, the last day in my twelve days before Christmas and on Christmas Eve, I would be wishing for you the gift of love. Then it occurred to me. You are loved. You have family or friends or neighbors or church… But if you are not feeling love from the people […]

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Southern Gal - December 24, 2011 - 2:53 pm

Merry Christmas!

cathy - December 24, 2011 - 6:59 pm

oh my! that’s the best gift you could give us! yes, yes…that KNOWING!

am incredibly amazed at your daily posts this month! you rock, girl.

merry, merry…

perhaps 2012 will be the year we can laugh and chat in person!


Sandra - December 26, 2011 - 1:17 pm

It is one of the things I pray with my daughters every night! That they always feel love! <3

Cate - December 27, 2011 - 8:43 am

My dear friend – I had every intention of getting a card into the mail for you this year, but unfortunately none were written at all!

I’m sure that you and your family have had a wonderful Christmas celebration, and wishing you all a blessed, happy New Year.


Connie Smiley - January 13, 2012 - 10:34 pm

True. And wonderful.

{2} The Gift of Friendship

Hello there! Welcome to my space. I’m so glad you are here and hope you will stay a while… One of the things we love most about the holidays is sharing them with family and friends. Just like what I love most about blogging. Thank-you for coming here, for sharing my story. {and my pictures, […]

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Stephanie - December 23, 2011 - 11:54 am

Love all of your gorgeous pictures and wishes, Patty! Your daughter obviously has your eye…I love her reflection in the ornament. Merry Christmas, my friend.

Southern Gal - December 23, 2011 - 12:04 pm

Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Love this peaceful, pretty place in the blogosphere.

Ana Eugenio - December 23, 2011 - 12:58 pm

breathtaking post and great photographs. love them all. thank you for joining ‘Earth Wonders’ this week. happy holidays dear :) xxo

Ellen Widelitz - December 23, 2011 - 4:50 pm

your pictures and words are wonderful. glad to add you to my small but growing list of friends. merry christmas and happy new year to you and your family.

emily - December 23, 2011 - 5:11 pm

Merry Christmas to you!! And double dipping is allowed! :) Have a splendid weekend!

Scott - December 23, 2011 - 5:26 pm

aaahhh, my daily serendipity… Thanks! Enjoy the memories you’ll make of this Christmas!

cathy - December 23, 2011 - 6:07 pm

right back at ‘cha. xoxo

elk - December 23, 2011 - 7:44 pm

this is just the way I feel at blogging ~ blessings of the season to you my friend!

Donna - December 24, 2011 - 5:12 am

Merry Christmas, Sweet Pattycake!!

Joy - December 24, 2011 - 12:49 pm

Another beautiful Christmas tree and post! Thanks so much for sharing…Merry Christmas, sweetie!

Light Trigger - December 25, 2011 - 2:39 pm

beautiful ornaments and decoration!!! love them!!! happy holidays!!!

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Georgia - December 30, 2011 - 12:04 am

Great style!!

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{3} The Gift of Tradition

We had two Christmas trees when I was growing up… A big fat live tree that we cut fresh, that pulled all the frames from the walls and left a trail of needles as we drug it through the house to the living room. Both it’s top and bottom were cut and trimmed until we […]

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Ana Eugenio - December 22, 2011 - 2:50 pm

thank you so much for sharing your Xmas with us. love all the photos and your tree is so dreamy :) happy holidays. xxo

Southern Gal - December 22, 2011 - 2:52 pm

Ooh. I love your memories.

I just have to say my husband would have loved your Dad’s Christmas tree decorating. Every year he asks can we put the BIG colorful lights and silver tinsel on the tree. Every year we tell him “No” very politely. Now I’m wondering if we should just let him go for it. Nah.

We had the fake tree with three wooden poles that the limbs fit into. Color coded, three prong limbs on the bottom, two prong in the middle and one prong on the top with the little bands of greenery to hide the pole. (Why didn’t they make the poles green to begin with?) I have a few of the ornaments that hung on the tree. Truly vintage now.

Ana Eugenio - December 22, 2011 - 2:53 pm

happy holidays to you too

cathy - December 22, 2011 - 6:17 pm

oh, patty…thank you for sharing your childhood memories! xoxo

cathy - December 22, 2011 - 6:18 pm

ps–i LOVEEEEEEE your snow-flocked tree in that last shot. and the lights in the background of your 3rd shot are magical.

Stephanie - December 22, 2011 - 7:42 pm

Wow! We are holdouts from the past! We get the real tree a couple of weeks before Christmas and take it down a week after. We do white lights, but we have a hodge podge of stuff on there…LOTS of kids’ homemade ornaments with their preschool pictures on them next to a tissue paper homemade butterfly, next to Lenox and handblown glass, and then the odd pretty bow from a a package and a lot of birds of various materials. Growing up we had real trees, some of them cedars (a trend for awhile), TONS of tinsel, sometimes a white flocked tree, then a fake for many years, then a HUGE 17 footer that was real. My mom would have the whole youth group over to decorate and string popcorn and cranberries. We keep it pretty simple around here, but I like to have the lights on and Christmas music going as I putter around.

Marty - December 22, 2011 - 9:26 pm

Once again breaktaking pictures of your beautiful home… and words that brought tears to my eyes. Traditions are what this season is all about, and family and friends and food but most of all welcoming a Savior who sacrified so much so that we might enjoy these traditions. Have a blessed Christmas Patty and thanks for all you do to help us to stop and reflect…

emily - December 23, 2011 - 5:15 pm

Beautiful!! It is funny what we remember…and as we grew up our traditions changed. At first, when all the siblings were young(er) we sat and sang Christmas carols with the tree lit the night of Christmas Eve. Then, as we got older we stopped doing that. In our teenage years, I mostly remember hi-jinx, trying to sneak peeks at gifts, switching name tags on gifts…silly stuff like that. Hopefully once our son gets older we will start some new traditions, as we don’t have anything in place right now.

Joy - December 24, 2011 - 12:41 pm

Your photos are absolutely breathtaking! Your memories are so sweet – brought tears to my eyes! Merry Christmas, Patty!

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